The kids and I spent a happy evening digging out the guts from two pumpkins and a large zucchini and I thought you’d enjoy seeing the pictures. It was particularly nice to have my all-grown-up boy Timothy (who works full-time now and is gone a lot in the evenings, alas) home and involved in the process. He helped little Mack with carving, and laughed just as hard as the rest of us at the expressions on our carved faces, once our jack-o-lanterns were lit.
When I wrote a post a few weeks ago about all the uses for overgrown zucchinis, I didn’t mention this: you can carve them like pumpkins, and use them for your holiday decor, too! The kids will giggle and ask you where you ever got such a crazy idea.
My good friend William Chaney, a professional chef who just recently moved to his retirement home in Mexico, posted an excellent post about pumpkins–their nutrients ought to punch them up into the superfood category, I think. Of course for eating, you want to find the smaller “pie pumpkins” or “sugar pumpkins” not the big ones that are grown just for decor. Or for attaching with explosives and shooting at Thanksgiving time. (Yes some people do this . . . ducking head. . . . I believe in many parts such people are referred to as “rednecks.”)
Moving along . . . I love this idea of his for how to cook pumpkin a different way than perhaps you’ve cooked it before: check out his post and his blog for more excellent pumpkin ideas.
Amalia was the last one to finish her design. She fussed over it for a long time, while I worked on making toasted pumpkin seeds. I love making these every year, and I found a great post that explains exactly how to do it.
Honestly, the only hard thing about this process is getting all the stringy stuff off the seeds. But if you have somebody interesting to talk with as you’re standing at the sink rinsing and rinsing and pulling and squeezing the seeds, it’s not so bad.
This website has tons of great pumpkin recipes, like this one for a Creamy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie for Two and also a nifty tutorial for how to cook a sugar pumpkin for use in your recipes. Your cooked pumpkin will be so much tastier, of course, than commercially canned pumpkin, though that will do for many recipes.
Do you indulge in some pumpkin dishes every fall when pumpkins are fresh and plentiful? My friend Anita-Clare posted a really tantalizing recipe on her blog this week, for Pumpkin Soup with Pancetta and Chestnuts. yum!!
What’s your favorite way to prepare pumpkin? Pumpkins are popular all-around at our place. I’m hoping to foil that sneak-pants pest, the Squash Borer (which kills so many of my pumpkin and squash plants every year) next year and grow lots of pumpkins. It’s fun to have big ones for fall decoration, the chickens are ecstatic to eat the expired jack-o-lanterns, and I have lots of pumpkin recipes for the sugar pumpkins.
But that’s next year. Can you believe that I’m dreaming about next year’s garden already, before my tomato cages are even torn down? (Some people!)
Have a great day, Gentle Reader, and I hope you enjoy some pumpkin this week, too!
I’ll be sharing this post with the fun folks over at The Prairie Homestead and also at Frugally Sustainable, in their weekly Blog Hops. Hop on over and learn something new!
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